Should You Hire a Virtual Assistant?

Should You Hire a Virtual Assistant?In the past few weeks, I have had three people specifically ask me whether or not they should hire help for their business. Two were fellow bloggers in the personal finance niche, and one was a client that I recently had a meeting with.

All three of them had one main problem with hiring help – they didn’t want to lose control and for things to possibly go down hill.

I completely understand what they are saying. Even though I work for others and assist many others with their business projects, it can be very hard for me to let go and have others help me in my business as well.

I do have virtual assistants and those who help me though. Without them, I don’t know how I would do it all.

Here are some cases where you probably need a virtual assistant.

You don’t have time.

If you are finding yourself not having enough time to do things, then you may want to hire some work out. If you don’t want to hire out important tasks, that is fine!

There are probably many smaller things that you can find someone to do. A virtual assistant can save you a good amount of time.

You are stressed.

If there are certain things that you know you aren’t the greatest at and this is causing you stress, then you may want to hire someone to do the work for you.

An example would be if you are horrible at SEO and you are a website owner. You may want to hire someone to edit all your posts so that you don’t have to worry about it.

Your quality of work is being lowered.

If you find that you are lacking time and you don’t really know what you are doing, then I am going to assume that your quality of work will be lowered.

This is NOT GOOD.

If you need help, then you need it. If you think that you can honestly run your business and grow it forever at the same time, then you are probably sadly mistaken. A growing business will almost always require additional workers. Assuming that you can do everything yourself forever is not realistic.

You could focus on something else.

A big benefit of hiring someone to help you out is that you can then shift most of your focus towards things that you need to work on that will show bigger results.

If you find yourself not being able to work on what you want to work on, and instead are working on many smaller things instead that don’t matter as much, then you probably will want to hire a virtual assistant.

Are you thinking about hiring an assistant? Why or why not?


I haven’t started my holiday shopping

AHH! Yes, I just said it. I haven’t started my holiday shopping at all. This post doesn’t have much to do with diversifying my finances, but it does involve me trying to shop and save money. A lot of our money is being shoveled towards our long trip, and I consider that my present. There is honestly NOTHING that I want for the holidays, and every single year I tell W that. However, this year I can honestly say that there is nothing that I want or need. I feel like I have it all. I don’t have to buy too many presents. The holidays usually aren’t something too crazy for us because we don’t have many gifts to buy for others. We do usually go all out for each other, but this year that probably won’t happen because neither of us can think of anything that we want. I don’t know if that’s good or bad though – I guess we’ve bought things that we needed or wanted already! It is good though because then we can save more for our long trip. We have estimated that it will cost around $10,000 for the two months altogether for the two of us. Anyways, here are the gifts that we will need to buy this year:

  1. My sister. I will probably start on Chippmunk and look at their Sports Authority deals!
  2. My sister’s boyfriend.
  3. Secret Santa #1 – We do secret santa with W’s family each year because there are just so many of them!
  4. Secret Santa #2 – I don’t want to say either of their names because they might read this post!
  5. All of the children. W has a sister who is 13 (his brother is in his late 20s and is included in the Secret Santa Exchange, however, the younger children are not), a brother who is 10, two nephews and one niece who are all under the age of 11.
  6. His grandparents.
  7. Miscellaneous gifts. I can’t think of anyone else right now but I’m sure there is someone else. We don’t usually exchange gifts with friends ever.

In the end, I think we will be spending a few hundred dollars. Last year, we went way above that and spent a lot, but this year will be more modest. I plan on saving money by using Chippmunk. I’m all about shopping online. Yes, I know Christmas is soon, but the family Christmas where gift exchanging happens is usually around one week after Christmas so that everyone can get together.

I haven't started my holiday shopping

Here are some features of Chippmunk:

  • Coupons and deals are verified by Chippmunk.
  • They use the awesome CouponRank algorithm to make sure that you are getting a good deal.
  • They have a great selection of online retailers.
  • The website has a Payment Type feature, particularly for people who use certain forms of payment so that they can stick to their budget.
  • The Estimated Arrival Feature on Chippmunk allows users to choose stores that will allow them to get their products on time.

How much do you think you will spend this holiday season? Have you ever used Chippmunk?

My Plan To Work And Travel

My Plan To Work And TravelWe’ve finally decided where we will be traveling for our semi-long trip.

We will be flying into China and spending around 2 – 3 days (but not more than that because you need a visa after 72 hours!), then we will be flying to Phuket and traveling in that area.

We will be spending a little less than 30 days in Thailand. After Thailand we plan on flying to Bali and spending around 25 days there. After Bali we will be flying to Seoul and spending a few days there until we catch our flight home.

Just saying all of that makes me tired! No, I’m not complaining about traveling, I just really need to create an action plan so that I can successfully work while traveling.

I am so happy that I can work entirely from my laptop and can travel as I work. It feels like a dream because I never even thought that I would be able to take a two month trip.

I plan on doing as much as I can before I leave.

I have a very long list of article ideas for all of my blogs, and definitely enough ideas to have enough content on my sites while I am gone.

This way, while I am gone I won’t have to worry about content as much. I will still write articles while I am gone, but the majority of it will be covered because I plan on writing them this month. This will save a LOT of time. I have several sites now and having to worry about writing and editing would take a lot of time while traveling.

Since all of my blog tasks will be ready to go, I will have much more time to focus on clients and providing my services.

I still plan on working full-time while I am traveling, it will just be in a different country!

Dedicate time to work while traveling.

We will be staying mainly in Thailand and Indonesia for most of our trip, which means that we won’t be spending a ton of time traveling. We plan on buckling down in each place for a little bit so that I can have plenty of time to work as well.

I will probably wake up a little earlier to get things done and work at night so that I can be on the same time schedule as clients.

I need internet.

Of course I need to make sure that I have reliable wi-fi. I have made sure that every hotel that I contact has good wi-fi. Yes, I do realize that some may exaggerate with how good their wi-fi is. However, it’s better for me to choose a hotel that has wi-fi than a hotel that doesn’t have any at all!

What tips do you have to work and travel at the same time?